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How to become a pure devotee

Your final question is how can you become a pure devotee, and the answer to this is given in Bhagavad-gita. Krishna instructs Arjuna that the mahatma, the pure devotee, is he who has fully surrendered himself unto the spiritual nature. And how can we tell if one is completely surrendered unto the spiritual nature? He is always fully engaged in devotional service to… Expand>

Your final question is how can you become a pure devotee, and the answer to this is given in Bhagavad-gita. Krishna instructs Arjuna that the mahatma, the pure devotee, is he who has fully surrendered himself unto the spiritual nature. And how can we tell if one is completely surrendered unto the spiritual nature? He is always fully engaged in devotional service to Krishna. So this is the process of becoming a pure devotee. We have to engage all of our words, thoughts, and activities in Krishna Consciousness under the direction of the Spiritual Master. Therefore, at every moment you should be busy in some way in serving Krishna and His pure devotees, and automatically you will become purified in Krishna Consciousness. Krishna is always willing to shower His mercy upon His devotees, so we have simply to become receptive to this mercy by devotional service, and then the path is very easy.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Visala — West Virginia 16 June, 1969

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If you cannot do anything, do this

Anyone in this material world who offers his obeisances before the Deity, don't think it is useless. It is taken into account. Therefore Krsna advises, if you cannot do anything, you do four things: man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru [Bg. 18.65]. "At least come before Me," just like we do. We come in the temple and offer our obeisances. It is so easy to… Expand>

Anyone in this material world who offers his obeisances before the Deity, don't think it is useless. It is taken into account. Therefore Krsna advises, if you cannot do anything, you do four things: man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru [Bg. 18.65]. "At least come before Me," just like we do. We come in the temple and offer our obeisances. It is so easy to go back to home, back to Godhead. It is not very difficult task at all. If you cannot do anything — if you cannot read books, if you cannot understand philosophy, if your behavior is not on the standard — still, if you simply offer your obeisances before the Deity, you make progress. You make progress. Undoubtedly. In the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu you will find it that this worshiping method — come to the temple, offer obeisances, just like these boys, they are playing mrdangas, they are playing cymbals, dancing — every item is taken into account. Every item. Not that it is going futile. No. That is Krsna consciousness, that is bhakti-marga, svalpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat [Bg. 2.40]. Simply by playing on the cymbal, on the khol, taking little caranamrta... Everything in detail there is in the Nectar of Devotion, you have read.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.5 — February 12, 1976, Mayapur

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Don't think these boys' life is being spoiled

Referring to gurukula boys in Mayapur, Srila Prabhupada said: So these little boys who are taking to Krsna consciousness, just like Prahlada Maharaja, maha-bhagavata, he is also playing the part of a child, immediately falling down; so these children who are here, even imitation, it will not go in vain. Krsna is so kind, as it is said here, sva-pada-mule-patitam tam… Expand>

Referring to gurukula boys in Mayapur, Srila Prabhupada said:

So these little boys who are taking to Krsna consciousness, just like Prahlada Maharaja, maha-bhagavata, he is also playing the part of a child, immediately falling down; so these children who are here, even imitation, it will not go in vain. Krsna is so kind, as it is said here, sva-pada-mule-patitam tam arbhakam. Although they are innocent children, but when they're offering obeisances to Radha-Madhava it is of value, "Yes, very good." It is going to their credit. It is not bad. Some may think that these boys are brought here and their life is being spoiled; they are not being educated in the modern way; they're simply chanting, dancing and offering... But that is the real education. Tan manye adhitam uttamam, Prahlada Maharaja. Sravanam kirtanam visnoh smaranam pada-sevanam arcanam vandanam dasyam [SB 7.5.23], the devotional service. Tan manye adhitam uttamam. They are being first-class educated, these boys, they, simply by chanting and dance. Don't be disturbed, that "My child is not being educated." What is this education? This education, this bodily concept of life, it is not education. That "I am this body," "I am Indian," "I am American," "I am brahmana," "I am ksatriya," "I am white," "I am black," this education, the whole world this education is going on, nationalism, in the name of nationalism, communism, socialism. They are all bodily concept of life. That is not education. That education is useless, because this kind of education will not stop the process of birth, death, old age and disease. They may be technical education, temporary, some bodily comfort, but this is not taken as education. Real education is brahma-jijnasa, athato brahma jijnasa. That is real education. What I am, that is brahma-jijnasa. Aham brahmasmi. When he comes to the conclusion that he is not this body, he is spirit soul, that is real education.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.5 — February 12, 1976, Mayapur

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Effects of reading KRSNA book

We request everyone to take advantage of this great transcendental literary work. One will find that by reading one page after another, an immense treasure of knowledge in art, science, literature, philosophy and religion will be revealed, and ultimately, by reading this one book, Krsna, love of Godhead will fructify… Expand>

We request everyone to take advantage of this great transcendental literary work. One will find that by reading one page after another, an immense treasure of knowledge in art, science, literature, philosophy and religion will be revealed, and ultimately, by reading this one book, Krsna, love of Godhead will fructify. 

From Srila Prabhupada's preface to "Krsna" book

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Srila Prabhupada inherits a curse (and passes it on)

Because Prajapati Daksa was a grhamedhi who wanted to remain in household life, he thought that if Narada Muni could not remain in one place, but had to travel all over the world, that would be a great punishment for him. Actually, however, such a punishment is a boon for a preacher. A preacher is known as parivrajakacarya — an acarya, or teacher, who always travels… Expand>

Because Prajapati Daksa was a grhamedhi who wanted to remain in household life, he thought that if Narada Muni could not remain in one place, but had to travel all over the world, that would be a great punishment for him. Actually, however, such a punishment is a boon for a preacher. A preacher is known as parivrajakacarya — an acarya, or teacher, who always travels for the benefit of human society. Prajapati Daksa cursed Narada Muni by saying that although he had the facility to travel all over the universe, he would never be able to stay in one place. In the parampara system from Narada Muni, I have also been cursed. Although I have many centers that would be suitable places of residence, I cannot stay anywhere, for I have been cursed by the parents of my young disciples. Since the Krsna consciousness movement was started, I have traveled all over the world two or three times a year, and although I am provided comfortable places to stay wherever I go, I cannot stay anywhere for more than three days or a week. I do not mind this curse by the parents of my disciples, but now it is necessary that I stay in one place to finish another task — this translation of Srimad-Bhagavatam. If my young disciples, especially those who have taken sannyasa, take charge of traveling all over the world, it may be possible for me to transfer the curse of the parents to these young preachers. Then I may sit down conveniently in one place for the work of translation.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 6.5.43

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The difference between Western and Eastern culture

Without sex life one cannot be materially enthusiastic. And if you stop sex life, then you become spiritually advanced. This is the secret. If you stop sex life, then you become spiritually advanced, and if you indulge in sex life, then you will be materially enthusiastic. That is the difference between Western and Eastern culture. The whole Eastern culture is based… Expand>

Without sex life one cannot be materially enthusiastic. And if you stop sex life, then you become spiritually advanced. This is the secret. If you stop sex life, then you become spiritually advanced, and if you indulge in sex life, then you will be materially enthusiastic. That is the difference between Western and Eastern culture. The whole Eastern culture is based on how to stop sex life, and here in the Western countries, how to increase sex life. They are eating meat, eggs, drinking wine. These things will enthuse sex life. And as soon as you get very satisfactory sex life, you become enthused to work hard. Therefore karmis, marriage is necessary, because without sex life they cannot work. And for jnanis, yogis, bhaktas, sex life prohibited. Actually they do not know the science of life, this Western civilization. Their life means this body. Their life means this body. That means they do not know what is life. And as soon as the life is gone, the body is there — they cannot explain. This is their ignorance. Why the life is stopped? And they are very proud of advancement. And bring in life again. That they cannot do. That means the whole basic principle is ignorance.

Srila Prabhupada — October 18, 1975, Johannesburg

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Srila Prabhupada's chilhood and Krsna's childhood

Prahupada: In my childhood I would not take medicine. Exactly like this, now also. [laughter] So I was given medicine by force in the spoon. Two men will catch me, and my mother take me on the lap and then force, and I shall take. I never agreed to take any medicine. Harikesa: Should we do that now, Srila Prabhupada? Prabhupada: Then you'll kill me. Harikesa: You… Expand>

Prahupada: In my childhood I would not take medicine. Exactly like this, now also. [laughter] So I was given medicine by force in the spoon. Two men will catch me, and my mother take me on the lap and then force, and I shall take. I never agreed to take any medicine.

Harikesa: Should we do that now, Srila Prabhupada?

Prabhupada: Then you'll kill me.

Harikesa: You would not go to school either.

Prabhupada: I don't like... Yes.

Harikesa: You were telling us last year, you wanted to play mrdanga.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Prabhupada: ...disagreement between my father and mother. My father would give me all independence, and mother was going that "You are spoiling the child by giving too much independence."

Harikesa: Just see.

Prahupada: That is going on. Just like Mother Yasoda. She would chastise Krsna. But you will never find Nanda Maharaja is ever chastising. Rather, when Krsna was chastised, Nanda Maharaja would come back and take Him on the lap: "All right, I shall punish Your mother," and call her, chastise. And then Krsna will stop his mouth: "No, no. Don't do this." It is natural that when the child is in the lower stage, minor stage, the mother takes more care. That is natural.

> Morning Walk — October 3, 1975, Mauritius

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Part demon, part devotee

Devotee: Srila Prabhupada, is it possible for one person to be part demon and part devotee in the same person? Prabhupada: If he's a devotee, he's not demon at all, if he's devotee. Devotee: But he may have some demoniac qualities? Prabhupada: Yes. That, if he is seriously devotee, that demonic qualities will disappear very soon. Ksipram bhavati dharmatma. Api cet… Expand>

Devotee: Srila Prabhupada, is it possible for one person to be part demon and part devotee in the same person?

Prabhupada: If he's a devotee, he's not demon at all, if he's devotee.

Devotee: But he may have some demoniac qualities?

Prabhupada: Yes. That, if he is seriously devotee, that demonic qualities will disappear very soon. Ksipram bhavati dharmatma. Api cet su-duracaro bhajate mam ananya-bhak sadhur eva sa mantavyah [Bg. 9.30]. Ksipram bhavati dharmatma. Just like electric fan is moving, and you make the switch off. Still you will find it is moving. But that movement will stop very soon, because switch is off. Similarly, a devotee, if it is sometimes found that he is demonic, that demonic, if he is sincerely a devotee, that demonic qualities will go very soon.

ksipram bhavati dharmatma
sasvac-chantim nigacchati
kaunteya pratijanihi
na me bhaktah pranasyati

[Bg. 9.31]

So if one is strongly a devotee, then, gradually — it may take little time — all good qualities will be manifest in his body.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 16.6 — October 18, 1975, Johannesburg

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Effect of sincere chanting

Sometimes when our students of the Krsna consciousness movement chant and dance, even in India people are astonished to see how these foreigners have learned to chant and dance in this ecstatic fashion. As explained by Caitanya Mahaprabhu, however, actually this is not due to practice, for without extra endeavor these symptoms become manifest in anyone who sincerely… Expand>

Sometimes when our students of the Krsna consciousness movement chant and dance, even in India people are astonished to see how these foreigners have learned to chant and dance in this ecstatic fashion. As explained by Caitanya Mahaprabhu, however, actually this is not due to practice, for without extra endeavor these symptoms become manifest in anyone who sincerely chants the Hare Krsna maha-mantra.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Adi 7.83

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Shining Devotees

[Kardama Muni] looked healthy because he had directly received the nectarean sound vibrations from the lotus lips of the Personality of Godhead. Similarly, one who hears the transcendental sound vibration Hare Krsna also improves in health. We have actually seen that many brahmacaris and grhasthas connected with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness have… Expand>

[Kardama Muni] looked healthy because he had directly received the nectarean sound vibrations from the lotus lips of the Personality of Godhead. Similarly, one who hears the transcendental sound vibration Hare Krsna also improves in health. We have actually seen that many brahmacaris and grhasthas connected with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness have improved in health, and a luster has come to their faces. The comparison of the sage to an unpolished gem is very appropriate. Even if a gem just taken from a mine looks unpolished, the luster of the gem cannot be stopped. Similarly, although Kardama was not properly dressed and his body was not properly cleansed, his overall appearance was gemlike.

(Bhagavatam 3.21.45-47, purport)

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Difference between demigods and demons

A demon never cares for any good instruction. He is just like a determined thief: one can give him moral instruction, but it will not be effective. Similarly, those who are demoniac or atheistic by nature can hardly assimilate any good instruction, however authorized it may be. That is the difference between demigods and demons. Those who can accept good instruction… Expand>

A demon never cares for any good instruction. He is just like a determined thief: one can give him moral instruction, but it will not be effective. Similarly, those who are demoniac or atheistic by nature can hardly assimilate any good instruction, however authorized it may be. That is the difference between demigods and demons. Those who can accept good instruction and try to live their lives in that way are called demigods, and those who are unable to take such good instruction are called demons.

From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna Book, Ch. 1: The Advent of Lord Krsna

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Srila Prabhupada's mercy on technologists

Prabhupada: Modern material science has advanced. But what is the result of advancing? There is no food, there is no cloth, there is no shelter. Dr. Ghosh: But they have provided you with motorcars and aeroplanes to go across the sea, reach America, France, within a few hours. Something to spread this Krsna consciousness. Prabhupada: That is our mercy, that we take… Expand>

Prabhupada: Modern material science has advanced. But what is the result of advancing? There is no food, there is no cloth, there is no shelter.

Dr. Ghosh: But they have provided you with motorcars and aeroplanes to go across the sea, reach America, France, within a few hours. Something to spread this Krsna consciousness.

Prabhupada: That is our mercy, that we take advantage of their creation to bless them. We don't require all these things, but we take the advantage.

Morning walk — April 12, 1974, Bombay

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Why are there daily calamities?

The civilization which has no other end in view than to solve the necessities of the body and mind only, is surely doomed to meet such calamities as are daily happening in the present age… Expand>

The civilization which has no other end in view than to solve the necessities of the body and mind only, is surely doomed to meet such calamities as are daily happening in the present age.

(Srila Prabhupada, in a 1952 BTG)

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No draft board in Krsnaloka

During the 1960's in America, at the time of the Vietnam War, a new devotee asked Srila Prabhupada, "What is it like in Krsnaloka?" Srila Prabhupada replied, "You won't be bothered by the draft board." That was a suitable (and humorous) reply for a person plagued with that particular fear, but there is of course much more to Krsnaloka than "no draft board." Sometimes… Expand>

During the 1960's in America, at the time of the Vietnam War, a new devotee asked Srila Prabhupada, "What is it like in Krsnaloka?" Srila Prabhupada replied, "You won't be bothered by the draft board." That was a suitable (and humorous) reply for a person plagued with that particular fear, but there is of course much more to Krsnaloka than "no draft board." Sometimes when Prabhupada was pressed with inquiries about the spiritual world, he would reply, "You will know when you go there."

SDG, in his Narada-bhakti-sutras commentary.

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University education

The education is that a university student, if he is informed, "If you live irresponsibly, then you may become dog next life," so they say, "What is the wrong if I become a dog?" [laughter] This is the result of education. He doesn't care. He is thinking, "If I get the life of a dog, I will have no restriction of my sex life on the street." That's it. He is thinking… Expand>

The education is that a university student, if he is informed, "If you live irresponsibly, then you may become dog next life," so they say, "What is the wrong if I become a dog?" [laughter] This is the result of education. He doesn't care. He is thinking, "If I get the life of a dog, I will have no restriction of my sex life on the street." That's it. He is thinking that is advancement. "If now there is restriction, now unrestrictedly if I get sex life on the street..." And they are coming gradually, that advancement.

So this is the position. So they do not believe in the next life, and what to speak of cats' and dogs' life. "Never mind." Everything is very dark. Therefore, unless we take to Krsna consciousness movement, the human civilization is doomed. It is not human civilization. Human civilization is responsible life. Actually, we are being educated, we go to school, to college, to become responsible man. So this responsibility should be, "How to stop this repetition of birth."

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.12 — June 25, 1975, Los Angeles

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Chanting "mango" and chanting "Krsna"

Since the Lord is absolute, there is no difference between His name and His actual form. In the material world there is a difference between form and name. The mango fruit is different from the name of the mango. One cannot taste the mango fruit simply by chanting "mango, mango, mango." But the devotee who knows that there is no difference between the name and the… Expand>

Since the Lord is absolute, there is no difference between His name and His actual form. In the material world there is a difference between form and name. The mango fruit is different from the name of the mango. One cannot taste the mango fruit simply by chanting "mango, mango, mango." But the devotee who knows that there is no difference between the name and the form of the Lord chants Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare and realizes that he is always in Krsna's company.

From Srila Prabhupada's Krsna Book ch. 2: Prayers by the Demigods for Lord Krsna in the Womb

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Not opening yoga schools, avoiding pseudo spiritualists

The members of the Krsna consciousness movement are not at all interested in so-called meditation in the Himalayas or the forest, where one will only make a show of meditation, nor are they interested in opening many schools for yoga and meditation in the cities. Rather, every member of the Krsna consciousness movement is interested in going door to door to try to… Expand>

The members of the Krsna consciousness movement are not at all interested in so-called meditation in the Himalayas or the forest, where one will only make a show of meditation, nor are they interested in opening many schools for yoga and meditation in the cities. Rather, every member of the Krsna consciousness movement is interested in going door to door to try to convince people about the teachings of Bhagavad-gita As It Is, the teachings of Lord Caitanya. That is the purpose of the Hare Krsna movement. The members of the Krsna consciousness movement must be fully convinced that without Krsna one cannot be happy. Thus the Krsna conscious person avoids all kinds of pseudo spiritualists, transcendentalists, meditators, monists, philosophers and philanthropists.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 7.9.44

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New Year's Day every day

On 12 January, 1969, Srila Prabhupada wrote: My Dear Kirtanananda, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated December 31, 1968, and I thank you for your good wishes for the new year. Please accept the same from my side. So far as we are concerned, our new year is every day because Krishna belongs to the nitya lila. Nitya lila means… Expand>

On 12 January, 1969, Srila Prabhupada wrote:

My Dear Kirtanananda, Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated December 31, 1968, and I thank you for your good wishes for the new year. Please accept the same from my side. So far as we are concerned, our new year is every day because Krishna belongs to the nitya lila. Nitya lila means that all of His Pastimes are going on in either of the so many universes. It is just like the rising of the sun. In your country the sun is supposed to rise at 6:30 at the present moment, but at any time you can inquire in some part of the world and there it is the same 6:30 and sunrise. While you are in this meridian, in another country it may be 6:30 AM, and the sun is rising.

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Why nowadays thieves, rogues, and cheaters are prominent

Monarchy is better than democracy because if the monarchy is very strong the regulative principles within the kingdom are upheld very nicely. Even one hundred years ago in the state of Kashmir in India, the king was so strong that if a thief were arrested in his kingdom and brought before him, the king would immediately chop off the hands of the thief. As a result of… Expand>

Monarchy is better than democracy because if the monarchy is very strong the regulative principles within the kingdom are upheld very nicely. Even one hundred years ago in the state of Kashmir in India, the king was so strong that if a thief were arrested in his kingdom and brought before him, the king would immediately chop off the hands of the thief. As a result of this severe punishment there were practically no theft cases within the kingdom. Even if someone left something on the street, no one would touch it. The rule was that the things could be taken away only by the proprietor and that no one else would touch them. In the so-called democracy, wherever there is a theft case the police come and take note of the case, but generally the thief is never caught, nor is any punishment offered to him. As a result of incapable government, at the present moment thieves, rogues, and cheaters are very prominent all over the world.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 4.13.19–20

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The pleasure potency causes pain

The pleasure potency is not painful to Krsna. But it is painful to us conditioned souls. It will give him pain, so many aftereffects. Sex life, even it is not illicit, still it is painful, aftereffects. You'll have to take care of the children. You have to bear children. That is painful. You have to pay to the hospital for delivery, then education, then doctor's bill… Expand>

The pleasure potency is not painful to Krsna. But it is painful to us conditioned souls.

It will give him pain, so many aftereffects. Sex life, even it is not illicit, still it is painful, aftereffects. You'll have to take care of the children. You have to bear children. That is painful. You have to pay to the hospital for delivery, then education, then doctor's bill — so many painful. So this pleasure, sex pleasure, is followed by so many painful things. Tapa-kari [Cc. Adi 4.63]. The same pleasure potency is there in the living being in little quantity, and as soon as they utilize it, it becomes painful. And the same pleasure potency in the spiritual world, Krsna's dancing with gopis, that is not painful; that is pleasing.

If a diseased man takes nice foodstuff it is painful. More sick. Therefore this life is meant for tapasya. Not to accept; voluntarily reject. Then it is nice.

Srila Prabhupada — October 4, 1975, Mauritius

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Hopeless women want liberation

Prabhupada: If father is rascal, the son is rascal. Therefore Bhagavata says that "If you are a rascal, don't become a father." Pita na sa syat, na mocayed ya samupeta-mrtyum [SB 5.5.18]. "If you are a rascal, don't become a mother." Stop population. They have therefore invented, "Yes, we shall become 'bachelor father,' 'bachelor daddy,'" not actual father but… Expand>

Prabhupada: If father is rascal, the son is rascal. Therefore Bhagavata says that "If you are a rascal, don't become a father." Pita na sa syat, na mocayed ya samupeta-mrtyum [SB 5.5.18]. "If you are a rascal, don't become a mother." Stop population. They have therefore invented, "Yes, we shall become 'bachelor father,' 'bachelor daddy,'" not actual father but "bachelor father." Here woman at least think nowadays that she must have a husband. In the Western countries they don't think. "No, there is no need of husband."

They don't think there is need of husband. But they feel. That I know. I have seen one girl, she saw another friend, "Oh, she has got a husband," whispering. So I can understand that everyone aspires after husband, but there is no hope. Hopelessness. This is the position. Every woman wants a good husband, good home, good children, little ornaments, nice food. That is the ambition of every woman. But they are hopeless. Although they are well qualified, European, American girls, they are hopeless, not to get any husband, not to get any home. This is their position. I have studied thoroughly.

Hopelessness. When we see in our association all these girls, they are so nicely, well qualified. Whatever they are taught, they immediately pick up.

Kartikeya: In America they were asking my wife how Indian women are able to keep such devotion for their husbands. So they are actually very much interested and envious of this situation in India.

Prabhupada: Yes, that is the nature. They want to be a faithful wife, but there is no husband. Where to become faithful?

Harikesa: So then they want to become liberated.

Prabhupada: Yes. Being hopeless repeatedly, now they want liberation.

(Morning Walk — September 27, 1975, Ahmedabad)

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Servant of tea

Devotee: He's asking why we shouldn't take tea. Prabhupada: Because intoxication. You become addicted. You are asking because you cannot give up tea. Therefore you are asking. Therefore it should be given up. You become servant of tea. [laughter] Otherwise there is no question of asking. His asking means you want to drink. That means he has become servant of tea. Our… Expand>

Devotee: He's asking why we shouldn't take tea.

Prabhupada: Because intoxication. You become addicted. You are asking because you cannot give up tea. Therefore you are asking. Therefore it should be given up. You become servant of tea. [laughter] Otherwise there is no question of asking. His asking means you want to drink. That means he has become servant of tea. Our original position — we are servant of God. So we are going to be servant of God. So if we remain servant of this material world, we cannot become servant of God.

So much useless labor for growing tea, that will be stopped. You can grow food. If you drink tea, you'll require sugar. Then unnecessarily producing so much sugarcane. And the by-product of sugarcane, molasses, you'll have to utilize. Then produce wine, liquor. One after another.

Srila Prabhupada — October 2, 1975, Mauritius

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Snake-charming mantra and Maha-mantra

One medical practitioner friend of mine, when he was student in Lucknow, he stated that there is a palace building, Chatar Mandir? Chatar Mandir, in Lucknow. There is some government office. So there were several snakebite cases; several men were killed by snakebite. So they could understand that "There is a venomous snake in this building. At opportunity he bites… Expand>

One medical practitioner friend of mine, when he was student in Lucknow, he stated that there is a palace building, Chatar Mandir? Chatar Mandir, in Lucknow. There is some government office. So there were several snakebite cases; several men were killed by snakebite. So they could understand that "There is a venomous snake in this building. At opportunity he bites." So one snake-charmer was searched, and one Muhammadan snake-charmer, he came and he captured that snake and took it away.

Now this medical student, they do not believe in these mantras; they were surprised. They think that the snakebite means finished, there is no medicine. So they were very much..., because they are student, very much inquisitive. They went to that charmer at his place and wanted to know from him, "What is the secret? Is it a fact, that mantra?" So he said, "All right, I shall show you." So he opened one box, and several hundred snakes immediately came out, and all the students, they became so much disturbed.

Some were crying, some went this way, that way, that way. [laughter] Yes. And the charmer said, "Don't be worried. So long I am here they will not bite. And don't think that these snakes are without poison teeth." So he took some of them and showed that "Here is the poison teeth. Not that the poison teeth has been take away. The poison teeth is there, but by our mantra he is subdued; he cannot do any harm." So the doctor students, medical students, inquired that "Can we not use this mantra?" "No, no, you cannot, because it has to be perfection by practice. There is process." So this is a material mantra. The spiritual mantra, Hare Krsna, if you practice it just according to the rules and regulation, you become liberated.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.4 — July 14, 1972, London

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To Become a Good Man

Our business is not in the estimation of this material world to become a good man. Our estimation is how Krsna will accept me as good man… Expand>

Our business is not in the estimation of this material world to become a good man. Our estimation is how Krsna will accept me as good man.

>>> Srila Prabhupada — July 31, 1972, London

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"Give us our daily bread" vs. feeding Krsna

You can serve Krsna in any capacity — provided you want to serve. And if you want to engage Krsna for your service, that is blunder. Then it is blunder. You cannot engage Krsna to your service. The everyone is trying to engage Krsna for his service. They are going to the church, "O Krsna, give us our daily bread," that "You serve me. You give us our daily bread and… Expand>

You can serve Krsna in any capacity — provided you want to serve. And if you want to engage Krsna for your service, that is blunder. Then it is blunder. You cannot engage Krsna to your service. The everyone is trying to engage Krsna for his service. They are going to the church, "O Krsna, give us our daily bread," that "You serve me. You give us our daily bread and serve me." And our proposition is, Yasodamayi, "Krsna, You are playing all day. Come on! Take food first of all." This is service. They are going to Krsna for asking daily bread. And here Yasodamayi is commanding, "Come here! If You don't eat, You will get lean and thin. Come on." This is Vaisnava philosophy.

"How Krsna will keep good health?" And we are concerned, "Krsna will go to hell. Please supply me food so that I might keep my health good." That is the difference between materialistic and spiritualist. The foolish man does not understand that Krsna is supplying food to the elephant, to the ant, and why I shall go to the church for asking my food? It is already there. And our policy is, "Krsna, Hare Krsna, please engage me in Your service." Hare Krsna means, "O Krsna, O the energy of Krsna, please engage me in Your service."

Srila Prabhupada — July 8, 1975, Chicago

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Christians and Buddhists, we do not want to convert them

Regarding your questions, in the sense that they do not belong to disciplic succession, in that sense Christ, Buddha, and the others are not bona fide. But because they have got some special power we accept them as bona fide. Just like Buddha. We accept him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Sometimes they play like that because they may have to. Although they are… Expand>

Regarding your questions, in the sense that they do not belong to disciplic succession, in that sense Christ, Buddha, and the others are not bona fide. But because they have got some special power we accept them as bona fide. Just like Buddha. We accept him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Sometimes they play like that because they may have to. Although they are bona fide, they play sometimes as unbona fide. For example, we reject Buddha as unbona fide, but we accept him as an incarnation of God. We worship Lord Siva as a Vaisnava, but as a demigod we reject him. But to speak the truth, these personalities are not bona fide because who is caring for them? This so-called resurgence of feeling for Christ by the young people is due to our Krishna Consciousness movement. They are seeing that the foreigners are here, there is some national feeling and they think why not our Christ? Whatever they are doing we do not approve. But that does not mean that they should stop their work, this factionalism will go on. But one can see by the results. It is better not to talk with these people. Better let them remain as Christians and Buddhists, we do not want to convert them. You tell them that if you stick to Christ you will come out all right. It is better to avoid these comparative studies.

From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Nityananda — Los Angeles 16 August, 1972

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Don't become immediately paramahamsa — no tilaka, etc.

Sometimes on the street some outsider, seeing you, they chant Hare Krsna only by the symbolic, sanketya. Because they see: "They have got tilaka, kanthi." Therefore these things are required. Don't become immediately paramahamsa — no tilaka, no kanthi and no bead bag. This is not good. Sanketya, so that others may understand, "Here is a Vaisnava. Here is a Krsna… Expand>

Sometimes on the street some outsider, seeing you, they chant Hare Krsna only by the symbolic, sanketya. Because they see: "They have got tilaka, kanthi." Therefore these things are required. Don't become immediately paramahamsa — no tilaka, no kanthi and no bead bag. This is not good. Sanketya, so that others may understand, "Here is a Vaisnava. Here is a Krsna devotee." And if he is simple, he'll chant "Hare Krsna." This chance should be given. Therefore it is necessary, how people can utter. That chanting may save him from the greatest danger.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.2.13 — September 15, 1975, Vrndavana

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Live-in relationship is for less than sudras

They live as friend; that is sudra. There is no legal marriage, sudra and sudrani. Just like [Ajamila] was living with the sudrani — he was not married — as friend. So even sudra's marriage there is. For the sudra there is one asrama — that is grhastha asrama. And for the brahmanas, four asramas: brahmacari, grhastha, vanaprastha, sannyasa. This is for the brahmanas.… Expand>

They live as friend; that is sudra. There is no legal marriage, sudra and sudrani. Just like [Ajamila] was living with the sudrani — he was not married — as friend. So even sudra's marriage there is. For the sudra there is one asrama — that is grhastha asrama. And for the brahmanas, four asramas: brahmacari, grhastha, vanaprastha, sannyasa. This is for the brahmanas. For the ksatriyas: brahmacari, grhastha, vanaprastha. For the vaisya: brahmacari and grhastha. And for the sudras: no brahmacari, only family life, and that also sometimes without marriage. This is the low grade, first grade, second grade.

So now to live as friend, as sudra, that is now current all over the world. Now marriage is being forgotten. That is also written the sastra, that "There will be no more marriage. One man and woman should live together by agreement." That is going on now in Kali-yuga. Svikaram eva hy udvahe, it is stated. Simply agree: "Yes, you become my bedfellow; I become your bedfellow." That's all. Svikaram eva hy udvahe. That is marriage. No more that ceremonial marriage. That is being forgotten. This is Kali-yuga now. Dampatyam eva hi... Ratim eva hi dampatye: "And their so-called unity, man and woman, means sex." There is no other meaning. Dampatye, union of man and woman, means sex. There is no other religious system, I mean, that husband, wife live together; they should cooperate for advancing in Krsna consciousness. These things are being forgotten.

So Kali-yuga, these things are very common, but in the previous yuga, Satya-yuga, they were not very common, but rare. This combination of the brahmana and the sudrani, this is accidental. It is not common. So anyway, accidental or organized, it doesn't matter. One who violates the rules and regulation, immediately he comes to the category of such classification. So he became a sudra. Although he [Ajamila] was born in a brahmana family, he was being trained up, but on account of the association of a sudrani, prostitute, he fell down and he became a papah, most sinful man. So as a papah, he did not know how to earn money honestly. He is neither brahmana, nor ksatriya, nor vaisya. He is now not even sudra; less than that.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.66 — September 2, 1975, Vrndavana

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Glories of Jiva Goswami

Sri Jiva Gosvami, the nephew of Rupa Gosvami, in the learned circle, still, in Bengal, they say such a big scholar and philosophy, there was none, and nobody expects a similar philosopher and learned scholar in the future. He was such a big personality, Jiva Gosvami. Big, big Mayavadis, they were afraid of Jiva Gosvami's logic and argument to establish the Vaisnava… Expand>

Sri Jiva Gosvami, the nephew of Rupa Gosvami, in the learned circle, still, in Bengal, they say such a big scholar and philosophy, there was none, and nobody expects a similar philosopher and learned scholar in the future. He was such a big personality, Jiva Gosvami. Big, big Mayavadis, they were afraid of Jiva Gosvami's logic and argument to establish the Vaisnava philosophy.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.47 — June 13, 1976, Detroit

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You must be really chanting, without any offense

This process of Krsna consciousness is so nice that svalpam apy asya dharmasya, even slightly executed in due time... Because the process is we are educating people to chant Hare Krsna to practice, so in due time, Hare Krsna at the time of death especially, if we can chant this holy name of God, Hare Krsna, then our life is successful. So unless we practice, how it… Expand>

This process of Krsna consciousness is so nice that svalpam apy asya dharmasya, even slightly executed in due time...

Because the process is we are educating people to chant Hare Krsna to practice, so in due time, Hare Krsna at the time of death especially, if we can chant this holy name of God, Hare Krsna, then our life is successful. So unless we practice, how it will be possible to chant at the time of death? Because at the time of death the whole system, anatomical-physiological system, becomes disturbed, in bewilderedness, in coma, in unconsciousness. But still, if one has practiced, there is possibility of chanting the holy name of the Lord, Hare Krsna, Narayana. Then that is success of life. In Bengali there is a proverb, bhajana kara sadhana kara murti janle haya[?], that "Whatever you are executing as a bhajana, sadhana, that's all right, but it will be tested at the time of your death." It will be test. Just like a parrot is chanting "Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna," but when some cat comes in, "Kaw-kaw-kaw." No. Then missing. So parrot life will not help you. You must be really chanting, without any offense. Then it is possibility that at the time of death...

Death will be there. You may be very proud of your body, that "I am permanent." No. "As sure as death." And after death you have to change your body. Tatha dehantara-praptih [Bg. 2.13]. That we do not know, what kind of body I will enjoy. "Now I have got sethji's body," that's all right. But your karma will decide the next body.

From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.2.2 — September 6, 1975, Vrndavana

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The flaw of materialistic philanthropy

One who can understand that Krsna is the proprietor of all the three worlds and that He is the friend of everyone is peaceful and independent. As long as a conditioned soul does not have this knowledge, he wants to be the enjoyer of everything; he wants to become a humanitarian or philanthropist and open hospitals and schools for his fellow human beings. This is all… Expand>

One who can understand that Krsna is the proprietor of all the three worlds and that He is the friend of everyone is peaceful and independent. As long as a conditioned soul does not have this knowledge, he wants to be the enjoyer of everything; he wants to become a humanitarian or philanthropist and open hospitals and schools for his fellow human beings. This is all illusion, for one cannot benefit anyone by such material activities. If one wishes to benefit his fellow brother, he must awaken his dormant Krsna consciousness.

From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 3.27.25

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Vaisyas also needed

Cow protection is the business of the vaisyas and along with our preaching, this is the most important work. We must have a good section of brahmanas in our society and we must also have a good group of vaisyas who can grow grains and tend cows, and thus supply the society with food grains and milk products from the cow like ghee, curd, cream, etc… Expand>

Cow protection is the business of the vaisyas and along with our preaching, this is the most important work. We must have a good section of brahmanas in our society and we must also have a good group of vaisyas who can grow grains and tend cows, and thus supply the society with food grains and milk products from the cow like ghee, curd, cream, etc.

(Srila Prabhupada, letter, May 26, 1975)

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At all risk you have to preach

We have to give them intelligence, open their eyes. [break] ...angry first of all, because murkhayo 'padeso hi prakopaya na santaye: "If you give good intelligence to the fools and rascals, they will be angry." But still, you have to do it. Just like when Nityananda Prabhu went to Jagai-Madhai to deliver them, they became angry, and injured. So that is preacher. These… Expand>

We have to give them intelligence, open their eyes. [break] ...angry first of all, because murkhayo 'padeso hi prakopaya na santaye: "If you give good intelligence to the fools and rascals, they will be angry." But still, you have to do it. Just like when Nityananda Prabhu went to Jagai-Madhai to deliver them, they became angry, and injured. So that is preacher. These rascals will be angry, will sometimes do harm to you, and still, you have to do it. That is preaching. Are you understanding what is preaching? Yes. You have to prepare like that. At all risk you have to preach. [break] ...world is full of rascals, and you have to educate them. So according to one's capacity let them preach, pranair arthair dhiya vaca. But everyone can preach to some extent. There is no hindrance.

Srila Prabhupada — July 8, 1975, Chicago

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Srila Prabhupada's life and soul

This book distribution is the most important task in our Society. Therefore I am giving so much stress and I am working so hard on this. Because this is my life and soul according to the order of my Guru Maharaja. And by his grace it is to some extent successful. And I took it seriously. I take it seriously still now. That is my life and soul… Expand>

This book distribution is the most important task in our Society. Therefore I am giving so much stress and I am working so hard on this. Because this is my life and soul according to the order of my Guru Maharaja. And by his grace it is to some extent successful. And I took it seriously. I take it seriously still now. That is my life and soul.

Srila Prabhupada — December 31, 1976, Bombay

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Homosex, ruination

Prabhupada: This homosex propaganda is another side of impotency. So that is natural. If you enjoy too much, then you become impotent. Brahmananda: They are trying to make that more and more accepted in America, homosex. Prabhupada: Yes. The churches accept. It is already law. Nitai: This women's liberation movement, the leaders are also homosexual. They're lesbians.… Expand>

Prabhupada: This homosex propaganda is another side of impotency. So that is natural. If you enjoy too much, then you become impotent.

Brahmananda: They are trying to make that more and more accepted in America, homosex.

Prabhupada: Yes. The churches accept. It is already law.

Nitai: This women's liberation movement, the leaders are also homosexual. They're lesbians.

Prabhupada: [laughs] Just see. Hare Krsna. The whole world is on the verge of ruination. Kali-yuga.

Morning Walk — September 6, 1975, Vrndavana

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Inside is freedom

Giriraj Swami: One time as we were walking back from Juhu Beach, Dr. Patel noticed the compound wall that Mr. Sethi had built around the property on Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. So Dr. Patel told Srila Prabhupada that “People are saying now you have a prison inside there.” Prabhupada paused for a moment and said, “No, the prison is outside. Inside is freedom.”… Expand>

Giriraj Swami: One time as we were walking back from Juhu Beach, Dr. Patel noticed the compound wall that Mr. Sethi had built around the property on Srila Prabhupada’s instructions. So Dr. Patel told Srila Prabhupada that “People are saying now you have a prison inside there.” Prabhupada paused for a moment and said, “No, the prison is outside. Inside is freedom.”

From "Following Srila Prabhupada," DVD #6

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Lamentation means purification

Narottama dasa Thakura is lamenting. He's not lamenting. He's representing ourself. If one comes to that point of lamentation, that is also very nice. He immediately becomes purified. Lamentation means purification. So he says, keno va achaya prana kichu bali... "Why I am living? I do not make association with the devotees. I do not take part in the sankirtana… Expand>

Narottama dasa Thakura is lamenting. He's not lamenting. He's representing ourself. If one comes to that point of lamentation, that is also very nice. He immediately becomes purified. Lamentation means purification. So he says, keno va achaya prana kichu bali... "Why I am living? I do not make association with the devotees. I do not take part in the sankirtana movement. I do not understand what is Krsna. I do not understand what is Lord Caitanya. Then what for I am living?" This is lamentation. "What is my happiness? What is the standard of my happiness? Why I am living?" Narottama dasa kena na gela. "Why I did not die long, long ago? I should have died. What is the meaning of my living?" So it is not Narottama dasa Thakura's lamentation. Everyone of us should think like that, that "If we cannot make association with devotees, if we do not understand what is Krsna consciousness movement, if we do not come in touch with Lord Caitanya and associates, it was better for me to die. And there is no other remedy."

(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Gaura Pahu)

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God got Toothache?!

Mayavadis. They say kalpanaya. These Akhandananda and other Mayavadis, they explain Bhagavata-kalpanaya. They are making some imagination that "I am God," but they are alleging us, that "You are in illusion." God, as soon as there is some toothache, he goes to the doctor. He's such a rascal hypocrite. There was some heart attack going on, so Akhandananda, immediately… Expand>

Mayavadis. They say kalpanaya. These Akhandananda and other Mayavadis, they explain Bhagavata-kalpanaya. They are making some imagination that "I am God," but they are alleging us, that "You are in illusion." God, as soon as there is some toothache, he goes to the doctor. He's such a rascal hypocrite. There was some heart attack going on, so Akhandananda, immediately he called one of his chief disciples, that Mishra, Jasri, and he was taken to Bombay hospital. And he's God.

Srila Prabhupada; discussion about Bhu-mandala — July 5, 1977, Vrndavana

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Why we take cow protection seriously

We take it seriously because Krsna says. Krsna is our authority. He says, krsi-go-raksya. Go-raksya: "You must give protection to the cows." This is authority… Expand>

We take it seriously because Krsna says. Krsna is our authority. He says, krsi-go-raksya. Go-raksya: "You must give protection to the cows." This is authority.

Srila Prabhupada – April 18, 1977

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How dictatorship can be good

According to Vedic civilization, there was no such thing as democracy. It was monarchy, but the monarchy means the king was very highly spiritually advanced. The king was called rajarsi, means king, at the same time saintly person. We have got another example in our country — Gandhi. When he was political leader, he was practically dictator, but because he was a man… Expand>

According to Vedic civilization, there was no such thing as democracy. It was monarchy, but the monarchy means the king was very highly spiritually advanced. The king was called rajarsi, means king, at the same time saintly person. We have got another example in our country — Gandhi. When he was political leader, he was practically dictator, but because he was a man of very high moral character, people accepted him as the dictator. So dictatorship is good, provided the dictator is highly qualified spiritually. That is the Vedic verdict. The battle of Kuruksetra was there because Lord Krsna wanted rajarsi, Yudhisthira, should be on the head. So the king is supposed to be the representative of God. So he must be a godly person. Then it will be successful.

Srila Prabhupada; Press Conference at Airport — July 28, 1975, Dallas

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